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Dear Media Professional:NEXT: ACTION ALERT!
It has been a banner week for my education about the real Republican Party, as opposed to how the party is represented to the public.
This week a member of our household received from First USA Bank an application for a Republican Victory Fund" Visa credit card. The application assures that each time the card is used to make a purchase, a contribution will automatically be made to the "Republican Victory Fund". I knew that the support for campaign finance reform within the party was lukewarm at best, but I am incensed at this underhanded "soft money" campaign. As a strong proponent of serious campaign finance reform, I would like McCain or Feingold to comment about how these kind of sneaky tricks could be prevented with their bill. Needless to say, I declined the First USA's offer, have requested they never again solicit my business, and told many of my friends about this means of soliciting campaign contributions. Under our system, people could even end up getting tax deductions for these contributions if they convert the credit card debt to mortgage debt. Shameful.
I learned this week about a Republican sponsored grassroots organization called the "Voter Integrity Project". This group's activities reportedly include a nationwide project to "cleanse" voter rolls. Disappointing to say that least that in a country where we bemoan the voter turnout rate, and even so called "third world" countries beat us at one of the key metrics of democracy, we have a political party working to reduce voting. On the face of it, an effort to insure that people who do not have the right to vote do not do so might seem innocent enough. But the plot thickens. The firm that is reportedly assisting the "Voter Integrity Project" in its efforts is none other than Database Technologies. Yes, the same company that testified under oath that it had indeed furnished inaccurate voter roll lists to Florida election officials, and an erroneous letter instructing the officials to have poll workers use race and sex as part of their voter verification criteria. It would be interesting to read some serious investigative reporting about this "Voter Integrity Project" and the role of Database Technologies in the Republican Party, but I suppose that will have to wait until every Clinton stone is unturned. For my money, Clinton is a choirboy as compared to anyone that would seek to have legal voters names removed from the roles, or benefit from it.
My suspicions had already been raised after the outcry from Bush supporters doing the election that "we're not a democracy but a republic". The Party's support for the selective application of the rule of law and state's rights only heightened them further. Add these observations to what I learned this week, and needless to say, all this has left a lasting impression. If moderates get a stronger voice in the Party that impression may change, but until then, I'm sending the Democrats in Congress a copy of this letter and asking them to be on the lookout for the real George Bush.
Jocelyn (full name and contact information were provided)
CC: The Media
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